All contracts shall take effect from the day they are signed and rates shall be charged from the day the premises are connected with the District’s water supply and the meter is installed. Water rates shall be in effect as long as the water service remains on.
When the District installs the new water service connection for any premise, the valve at the meter shall be turned to the “off” position unless the owner has specifically requested the water be turned “on” in the contract.
Except as otherwise provided in this document, when it is necessary for the convenience of the District or because of the installation of new water mains to change an existing domestic water meter or domestic water service location, such new location shall be made at the cost and expense of the District, except that the property owner shall reinstall his domestic water service pipe to connect with the water meter as relocated at his own expense.
RATES FOR METERED SERVICE
Rates for metered service shall be calculated as follows:
The monthly charge for water supplied within the District through metered services for domestic use shall be the rate as set by ordinance, per month as a minimum billing charge for each residential unit and each irrigation meter. An additional amount, as set by ordinance, will be charged for water usage.
Apartment houses and multi-family dwellings will be billed a charge, as set by ordinance, for each residential unit, plus a charge, as set by ordinance, for water usage.
METER READING AND BILLING
Meters will be read the preparation of
at two-month intervals for the opening, closing or special
regular bills and at intermediate dates as required for event the meter fails to register or is blocked or an estimate based upon the last three months during may be most reliable under the circumstances.
The person ultimately responsible for payment of charges for District service shall be the property owner, verified by the Assessor’s office of the County, unless a current Renter’s Contract is in place.
If the total period of water service is more than one month, billing shall not be less than the two-month minimum rate for metered service, as applicable. If the customer requests that their water be shut off for such reason as an extended absence, base rates as set by ordinance shall be charged during the time of non-service. Any loan repay charge on the account will remain in effect.
If a meter fails to register during any period or is known to register inaccurately, the customer shall be charged on an average yearly consumption as shown by the meter when in use and registering accurately.
APPLICATION OF PAYMENT
All payments received by the District shall be applied to payment of the months or month furthest in arrears for the property which the payment is received.
MULTIPLE RESIDENTIAL UNITS
Where a separate meter has not been installed to each dwelling unit in a multiple dwelling unit building, the owner of the property upon which the multiple dwelling units is situated shall be responsible for the payment of the water billing. In the case of multiple real property ownership, one person shall be designated in writing by the property owners to receive the billing. Said person may be the dwelling unit owner’s association or other managing group. The District may designate one owner to receive and be responsible for the billing if the property owners do not so designate.